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General Discussion / Re: Stuff you LOVE, baby
« on: December 25, 2011, 01:17:16 pm »
Happy Holidays! Happy Yule! Merry Christmas! Happy Winter Solstice! Happy Dies Natalis Solis Invictis! Happy Kwanzaa, Hannukah!

I hope you are all happy & inspired!

General Discussion / Re: Fuck Sexism
« on: December 22, 2011, 12:09:41 pm »
But I'm not asking about the activists, I'm asking about the causes. Would you say you support their causes(the skirt thing I mentioned, child custody laws, etc.), even if their actual activism grates you?

I know this was directed at Zeality, but personally, I absolutely support such measures. It's really too bad that the "masculinist" movement is full of delusional & self-serving fools, because I would love to see men address issues specific to their gender in a way that doesn't derail feminism.

(Their attitude reminds me of why I hate One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, with the loathing-of-slash-sexualization-of Nurse Ratched. One character in that book actually mutters the line "we're living in a matriarchy"-- bear in mind this was written in the 1960s. When I read that, I set the book down and laughed hysterically for five minutes straight. How do you even start to address that!)

An interesting quote I found at No, Seriously, But What About the Menz, which I have some problems with but which generally covers men's issues much more capably than most:
My “not into gender studies” friend once told me that although he frequently deconstructs problems of masculinity in the privacy of his own mind, he doesn’t like to publicly have those conversations because he doesn’t want to sound like an MRA. He said, “A lot of the time, men who want to think seriously about masculinity won’t talk about it aloud because we really don’t want to be that,” emphasizing “that” with loathing. He later added, “It’s very tricky to discuss masculinity yet avoid simply devolving into male entitlement. That’s the crux of the problem with the ‘Men’s Movement’ assholes — none of them are addressing the underlying problems of masculinity.  They’re just whining about not receiving the privileges their cultural conditioning tells them to expect.”

General Discussion / Re: Fuck Sexism
« on: December 17, 2011, 11:57:28 am »
Faust puts it very well, though I would add: don't kid yourself. A scantily-clad woman is still a scantily-clad woman, whatever plot-related reasons may be involved. Be careful and clever about it.

An easy fix is equal-opportunity fanservice-- take care to make the males attractive to various people who are attracted to men. Scantily-clad women seem less of a predatory phenomenon when everyone is being catered to. That way whatever issues you run into are more likely to be ones of taste, not of sexism. XD

Chrono Series Tarot Card Project / Re: XV. Devil - Magus
« on: December 15, 2011, 03:46:17 pm »
I was joking about the dead babies, but again, feel free to surprise me ;)

Quote from: tushantin
Based on my open-ended research and assessment, the reversed pentagram is symbolically incorrect to what it is seemingly supposed to represent (then again, I think on this term abstractly). Unfortunately, that's a long topic though worthy of discussion; we wouldn't wanna derail this thread, do we? XD

Ohh. We should discuss it over PM sometime. My only attachment to it, in terms of the Devil, is that it signals the meaning of materiality-slash-flesh, versus the spiritual. But that can be represented through other symbology! 

BTW, what's a "Synn et al"?

Synn is the artist of the first three fanarts I put up there.

Speaking of which, how particular are you about details? Would it be awesome to have drawn a whole set of sigils on that pentacle, just for the art, or shall we half-ass it and go squiggly kids on it?

I'm not going to presume -- if an artist is awesome enough to contribute to this project, I'll respect their vision. My job is to inspire. :) However, if someone would like to do a whole set of real sigils, I can definitely contribute more ideas, and I'm sure the others can too.

And indeed, I never met Zephira, but I'm a fan of her artwork through deviantart. She'd be a good candidate.

Chrono Series Tarot Card Project / Re: XV. Devil - Magus
« on: December 15, 2011, 02:45:01 pm »
Full disclosure: I detest Toriyama's Magus artwork. I think it makes him look like the Elephant Man (with apologies to the Elephant Man, who does not deserve such treatment). I'm not putting it up here, though someone else is welcome to. Have some Synn et al instead:

And here's some throne room & statue for good measure:

Chrono Series Tarot Card Project / Re: XV. Devil - Magus
« on: December 15, 2011, 02:37:02 pm »

... *cough* This really should not be too difficult.

My feeling about this is that Magus' infamous summoning-Lavos room would be the most evocative and appropriate. The four-armed statue in there is incredibly Satanic-looking, and you could add some symbolism -- chains, bat wings, dead babies, pentagrams, whatever your fancy -- to the circle below him, the candelabras, or random pillars. (BTW, what've you got against the inverted Pentagram, tush? I do like your pentacle idea, though.)

Alternately you could portray the Mystics in thrall to the Magus statue, though I'm personally a little less fond of that idea.

Chrono Series Tarot Card Project / Re: VIII. The Strength - Ayla
« on: December 15, 2011, 02:28:33 pm »
Dude, Bekkler, that would kick ass. And be very Ayla-esque!

Chrono Series Tarot Card Project / Re: VIII. The Strength - Ayla
« on: December 14, 2011, 03:52:37 pm »
I'd say that, if you think it works, put the lemniscate just above her head, the way it's depicted in the Rider-Waite. It may look weird, though.

Hurray! I hope everyone is enjoying good cheer, wherever they are.

At the moment, I'm trying to enjoy the atmosphere with good Christmas music and video games (SKYRIIIIIIM). I'm hoping to make eggnog this weekend, after a period of experimentation. I'm not the best cook, so it'll likely be a trial, if a very tasty one.

In the next year, I want to do a lot of what I've always wanted to do, which is write and go on adventures. I'm hoping for a 3-week trip to New Orleans, if I can do it on the cheap. Hmm...

General Discussion / Re: Fuck Sexism
« on: December 14, 2011, 03:16:42 pm »
I disagree. I don't think it's necessary to think in terms of tropes, but doing so can be a legitimate tactic for any writer, and an awareness of them can help you avoid bad characterization, as well as understand how to characterize compellingly. For instance, when I was learning how to teach creative writing, referring to tropes was one of the more effective methods I found-- many students didn't understand was wrong with their flat, hackneyed characters until they understood how cliche works, and how subversion of cliche works, and how tropes are utilized well and badly.  

And some storytellers are simply more archetypally minded than others; when I create characters, it's always with archetypes as inspiration.

Chrono Series Tarot Card Project / Re: VIII. The Strength - Ayla
« on: December 14, 2011, 02:21:58 pm »
Oh, it's just a fancy word for the infinity symbol (the one above the woman's head).

Chrono Series Tarot Card Project / Re: VIII. The Strength - Ayla
« on: December 14, 2011, 01:43:51 pm »
I think xcalibur's idea works quite well. The lemniscate may be a nice touch, depending on how realistic you want the card to be.

I don't think you could go wrong with this unless you tried really, really hard. That's all I've got to say on the matter!

Chrono Series Tarot Card Project / Re: VI. The Lovers - Crono & Marle
« on: December 14, 2011, 12:06:38 pm »
Ohh! The Death Peak thing would work really well-- the snow definitely gives the scene an atmosphere of innocence, and the Poyozo Dolls could definitely service as angelic figures.

Likewise, the bell could be Raphael in a way, as it's a sort of herald and messenger.

General Discussion / Re: Park Your Amusements Here
« on: December 13, 2011, 09:35:09 pm »
So I just yet again hear my mother's last name being pronounced wrong. It's quite funny, really, because it's always the same mistake: They usually first see it in written form, and the written accent it has it's missing when they do, so they pronounce it that way instead, getting it wrong. It's more amusing since it's something that has been happening for years. Thankfully my college classmates, who use that last name when referring to me, do get it right.

I relate to this. My real first name is impossible for most Americans in the South to pronounce correctly on their first try (unless they're aware of the Spanish variant). My last name has a German trainwreck of consonants at the end that rivals "Nietzsche."

After a whole life's worth of this, I'm really really really careful to ask people how their names are pronounced, and retain that pronunciation. Honestly, it's the whole song and dance that happens whenever I introduce myself that's most annoying!

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